Saturday, July 17, 2010

2 hours, 3 minutes, 54 seconds

I have the greatest family in the whole world. Today I ran the Bryce Canyon Half Marathon - and I could never have done it without my whole family. Caleb and I signed up for it months ago, and I really tried to train for it on my own, but running on a treadmill is torture for me, so I wasn't very consistent with it. I called Caleb about 3 weeks ago and told him that I was going to wait for another year and that I was going to sell my bib number. Well that night he was down at my house to run with me. My dad came with him and did yardwork (the kids were asleep, but he would check on them as well). This has been happening almost every night for the last three weeks (my mom has also come down a few time - and that SUPER nice, because she folds laundry while I run) (oh, and Courtnie has even come to sit with the kids as well). I knew that I wasn't in real great shape, but at this time in my life, that is how it is, so I decided to run anyway. Here is a picture with Caleb before the race.
It felt so good to run this morning, that is until about mile 10 when my legs decided that they didn't want to run anymore. I am embarrassed to say that I did walk on and off for the last three miles, but I finished the race. Caleb stayed with me the whole time - I tried to make him leave me so he could make his goal time, but he was a HUGE help that last couple miles. Here we are with our "finisher" medals.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FAMILY!!! Oh, I forgot to mention a few other ways the family helped me - we slept at my parents house last night so they could watch the kids this morning, and Paige and Piper both decided to get up at 4:00 a.m. - so my amazing parents tended my kids on very little sleep (did I mention my mom drove down from girl's camp this morning at 1:15 a.m. to help me and that my dad got up with us at 3:00 a.m. to get us off on the road). And then Brittnie surprised me this cute running shirt after I mentioned that I hated all my old high school t-shirts that I have been running in. It felt so good to run again (it has been 5 years since I last raced), thank you family for understanding how important it was for me. My goal was to run under 2 hours, so you can see that I didn't quite make that - so I guess that means that I need to keep running and find another half to run :)


Tasha said...

Congratulations!!! I'm so impressed that you finished. I've got a couple injuries I've got to figure out, but plan on running more - when we get moved into town, you and I will have to figure out how to go together. I'll try to keep up :)

Apryl said...

Congratulations on the race! And so funny about the treadmill too. Those things are like torture for me too. I seriously FALL OFF. It's pathetic.

Emily said...

Way to go!